The Egg Diet: Does It Work? | UCLA Center for Clinical Nutrition


Hi there! This is Dr. Dave Heber, founding
director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
I’m talking to you today about diets that don’t work, and here’s another
one called the egg diet. Now, the idea
about eggs is pretty good in terms of
the fact that egg white has a very
high-quality protein in it and doesn’t
have much fat at all. Egg yolks have a number of vitamins–B, vitamin E,
vitamin D, vitamin A. What is in
the egg yolk depends on what
the chicken ate, so there are actually
chickens that they feed fish oils, or
omega-3, to get an omega-3 rich egg. The
problem with the egg diet is a single
egg only has about 6 grams of protein, so
for a breakfast you have to eat four egg whites
to get 24 grams of protein, and
maybe you add in one egg yolk for
taste. That would be fine if you’re going
to cook your eggs using a minimal amount
of fat, usually a healthy fat like olive
oil. But eggs by themselves are not going
to cause weight loss, so always eat a
balanced diet if you’re watching your
weight. Have eggs for taste. Have eggs for protein. They are healthy food, but don’t
rely on them for weight loss. This is Dr.
Dave Heber. We’ll see you next time!

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